Weddington Neighbors Pack Town Hall Meeting To Oppose Proposed Development
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Weddington residents worked to persuade town leaders not to approve a proposed development Monday night.
Dozens of people spoke out, worried it will impact their quality of life.
The developer has made some changes to its original plan but residents say it’s not enough.
The developer of the project has spoken to residents at several town council meetings. During public comment at the Weddington Town Council meeting, most of the residents were once again voicing their concern.
“I think it’s not needed. It’s amazing to me that so many people have moved here and they liked it for the country setting, low taxes and now they want to make it just like where they lived,” Weddington resident Syl Tyler said.
Provident Land Development is seeking approval to rezone this land at the intersection of Providence Road and Weddington Road. It’s currently zoned for single family housing, but developers have other plans.
Tom Waters with Provident says there will be an eight and a half acre park with trails as well as single family housing, restaurants and retail space.
Residents are concerned about overcrowding schools, tax hikes, more crime, and traffic.
WCCB’s Alexandria Elich asked Waters if he changed any plans for the development after hearing from concerned residents.
“We’ve adjusted the unit count some. We’ve adjusted some of the restrictions that were in the document for the retail space,” Waters responded. “We’ve done quite a few things like that, the number has gone down some which will further reduce traffic.”
Waters says they have adjusted the unit count down by about seven percent. Residents like Steven Paolini say that is not enough.
“I just don’t want to see apartments. In Charlotte that’s fine, but this area, Weddington, Waxhaw I’d like to keep it the way it is,” Paolini said.
Waters also said they will be adding turn lanes to help with traffic.
“The road now is horrible. I live on 84 and there’s times I have to wait 5 to 10 minutes to get out of my driveway,” Tyler said. “So can you imagine now with even more traffic it’s just going to be horrible.”
Town council members will have a workshop with the developer in the coming weeks. They said Monday that the earliest the vote will come is the second week of May.